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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Zumo, Beltronics Rx65, PIAA's, Back Rest and Pulsating Front Brake!


Relocated the ZUMO so that Wendy can see it. In its place mounted the Rx65 and plumbed it in with the Powerlet kit. Also mounted the PIAA's off the FZ1 - note the switch to the right of the clocks.



PIAA's placed last night on the old reflector mounts. I have directed them for 'deer' patrol but may relocate onto the bottom of the mirrors depending on how they fare this weekend on the Road Atlanta trip. They are incredibly bright!!!


Also got the 'scoot' Silverwing backrest and fitted earlier this week for 'further' Wendy comfort! Mounted the top case a little further back than I had it originally to provide a little more space for the backrest hence room for Wendy. Again this weekends trip to Road Atlanta will be the proving round.

Mounted the J&M Bluetooth headset onto the Arai last week and head set onto Wendy's. Set all up now for Bluetooth connectivity with the ZUMO and the Blackberry plus the 'direct line' to Wendy.

08/29/08 - Following the recent 'pulsating' through the front brake lever that commenced and gradually got worse the last few hundred miles - my Ace dealership Performance Motorcycles Inc. of Greenwood were provided with replacement rotors and they kindly fitted them to the Conc' today. Wow what a difference - this will make the trip to Road Atlanta more comfortable and I will be able to focus more on the new toys. Thanks Keith.

See the Concours Owners Site for more details on this subject but my '98 ZX9R C1 had the same issue after about 10,000 miles. The rotors were changed under warranty but I sold it with 18,000 miles on the clock so not quite enough time to observe if a repeat situation was about to ensue.

Now the Conc' has had them changed at 15,500 miles I will see if there will be a repeat offence - pretty diabolical on Kawasaki's behalf anyway that the only two modern day Kawasaki's I have owned have suffered from the same issue over a 10 year period.

Monday, August 18, 2008

VIR "The Big Kahuna" 2008


Josh Herrin and Girl Friend - Josh riding something I think he might find a little too powerful - not!


A very unusual 1098S to say the least. A 1098 I would have thought would have been near to the bottom of the list to consider as a bike that needed an increase in gas range. Stopping for gas at least allows timely stretching and relaxation of the back side for a few while filling up. If you look closely at this 1098S you will notice the plumbing on the panniers at the rear. Yes instead of carrying luggage this 1098S "Super tourer" has auxiliary fuel tanks. So you can go long distances without needing to refuel but you cannot take any luggage with you - a little bit of a 'confused' basis here or what? Notwithstanding this a very neat job and if it can be done then why not? It also carried a Garmin/Ducati GPS and a number of Powerlet outlets.


A very pretty Hypermotard.


Another nice 'NCR' Hypermotard


Formula Extreme and Supersport rider Jessica Zalusky and Wendy.


Josh Hayes shows some muscle after his Formula Extreme win on Saturday - he followed up on Sunday winning the Supersport also.



Hayes sprays the champers!




Now if this isn't a great guy then I don't know who is. Ben Bostrom came second in the Supersport race on Sunday after Hayes and in front of his team mate Josh Herrin. After the presentations a young fan asked for the empty bottle of champagne but quite correctly Ben stated he couldn't let him have it BUT, and this is the BUT, Ben said "hold on a moment".



He went back to the podium, collected his trophy and gave it to the kid!!! Unbelievable. What an incredible thing to do. All the people in the vicinity couldn't believe it either.



What a memory the kid, his buddies and his family will have forever - Ben well done. You are a shining example to all of what makes a truly tremendous sportsman and why people continue to support such a tremendous sport.



Saturday, August 9, 2008

Short and Sweet Chicago Trip


The Chicago Trump Tower approaches its peak and completion.


Piri and Mick August 5th 2008 in front of the Trump Tower.


Mick flew into Chicago for the weekend from Park City for the 3 day Lollapalooza festival. They both enjoyed the festival saying it was incredible and the weather was fantastic too. Their favorites where Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead and Kanye West.

I was lucky enough to have to attend some business meetings in the Chicago area this week so I managed to hook up with them.

I rode the Conc again and added another 1,750 miles on her (this time I did the whole trip and so no rain until I was 10 miles from home on the return journey so no complaints there) - she has just had her 15,000 mile service ready for the AMA VIR rounds next weekend.


Piri and Mick pose next to the King Lear sculpture erected this year on Michigan Avenue.


Piri and Mick next to the Jack Brickhouse bust also on Michgan Avenue, Chicago

Saturday, August 2, 2008

George Michael - Yes It's true!

Well here is the evidence. Wendy managed to talk me into going to Atlanta to see George Michael. I can't quite say I went quietly but what the hell. To be truthful he was very good and he performed a lot of both his and Wham's songs from over the last 25 years - yes 25 years!!!!


Wendy 'poses' next to the program.


Another poor picture but taken as George come onto the stage with the quite impressive video displays at the back which a lot of the original videos were shown as he performed.